Last @AbbotKinney1st of the Year! Christmas Events in Venice, Santa Monica & Culver City

Last @AbbotKinney1st of the Year! Christmas Events in Venice, Santa Monica & Culver City

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Food Truck Lineup on Abbot Kinney

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California – Venice

Street Kitchen LA
The Pudding Truck
Pickles & Peas
Mapuche Native Argentinian Food
Boba Tea & Me
Pink Taco Truck
Cravin’ Crab Cakes


AKFF VIP Club Membership Christmas Special!

JLee-Photography-Ashely-AKFF-Vip-Club-PartnerJ. Lee Photography, Santa Monica

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This Santa Monica photographer specializes in headshots, portraits, and lifestyle photography. You’re in LA and you need a great headshot for your audition – and one you can afford by an experienced photographer- we got it right here for AKFF VIP Club Members!

Plus, Members get to unlock codes for ALL our other Specials – Year Round!

Special Offer for AKFF VIP CLUB Members only: $99 Headshot: 1 Look, 3 Edited images.

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The-Whole-9-Gallery-vipclub-partner-retail-giftsThe Whole 9 Gallery, Culver City

Jewelry, Art & Gift Boutique!

The Whole 9 Gallery is a gallery and retails store in downtown Culver City and an online community dedicated to empowering creatives.  The shop on 3830 Main Street features handcrafted gift items including ceramics and jewelry plus fine art.

Special Offer for AKFF VIP CLUB Members only: 15% OFF Anything in the Store.

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It’s time to Release, Realign, Refresh and Renew with customized massage therapy that unleashes the REAL you!Master Massage Therapist Yvonne Larson customizes each treatment to the individual needs of her clients.

Special Offer for AKFF VIP CLUB Members only: 40% OFF Ninety Minute Massage.  

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mad-pambazos-food-truckFood Truck List continued

Santa Clara – San Juan

 Rice Balls of Fire
Blue Nova
Marcel Waffle
Roni Macaroni
The Tapas & The Papas

foodtruck-huge-crowd-AKFF-6016Santa Clara – California

Belly Bombz
Rolln Lobster
Ragin Cajun on Wheels
Crispy Cuban
Mess Hall Canteen
Okamoto Kitchen
Spyros Gyros
The Fix on Wheels
I Love Funnel Cakes!!!
Yummy Pie Babies

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Ridges Churro





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Baby’s Badass BBQ
Border Grill
Kogi Truck
+ more




Holiday Events:

Montana-Ave-Holiday-Walk-2017Montana Avenue Holiday Walk 

Get a head start on your Christmas list at Montana Avenue Holiday Walk this Friday, December 1! Shops on Montana Ave are opening their doors with sales, goodies, and live music this Friday. While doing your holiday shopping snap a quick selfie with the king of the North Pole, Santa! Event starts at 5pm! 
Montana Avenue from 6th to 17th St, Santa Monica 





Venice Christmas Sign Venice Holiday Sign Lighting Ceremony

The annual lighting ceremony will be Saturday, December 2! As always, expect fun activities for everyone to enjoy and a special secret guest to light up the night. Snap pics with Santa on his sleigh and more! Festivities begin at 6pm!
At the VENICE Sign, Windward Avenue & Pacific Ave



akff christmas Holiday Stroll and Snow Day on Abbot Kinney

Let it snow in Venice! Sunday, December 3 have fun sledding down slopes with real ice and greet Santa on your way down! Crafts, coloring booths, carolers, and store events will also be available to make the best out of your Sunday funday! Event begins 11am-4pm.
The Brig Parking Lot at Palms Ave down Abbot Kinney


Culver City Holiday Tree Lighting 2017Culver City Tree Lighting Ceremony

Light up your night on Thursday, December 7 at 6pm with Culver City! The annual tree lighting ceremony will have lots of treats for you and the family to enjoy! Get warm with a delicious cup of hot chocolate, fill your tummy with festive treats, and kick back with performances by Culver City High School’s very own AVPA Chamber singers!
Town Plaza in Downtown Culver City – between the Culver Hotel and the Arclight near the Lion’s Fountain.
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Fourth of July Fireworks Guide 2017: Marina del Rey, Venice, Pacific Palisades, & Brentwood

Fourth of July Fireworks Guide 2017: Marina del Rey, Venice, Pacific Palisades, & Brentwood

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Happy Fourth of July! Everyone loves Fireworks & AKFF has the scoop on Fireworks Shows: Marina del Rey, Pacific Palisades & Brentwood!

Marina del Rey Fireworks Show

fireworks venice canals, marina del Rey FireworksMake sure to get there early to nab a good spot, bring a blanket and layers since it gets cold, for realz, at the beach after sundown.

More tips: avoid driving on Lincoln anywhere near the Marina as it will be jammed and there are streets that will be blocked off to traffic. Bike, skate or walk it during the day, have a picnic or check out some eats at local restaurants before the big show!

Fireworks at 9pm
Admission: Free


Pacific Palisades Fireworks Show, Live Music & Food Trucks

Palisades Charter High School, aka Pali High, puts on a show, starting with food trucks and bands in the upper parking lot at 4pm.

Live Music & Food Trucks 4pm (upper lot)
Gates Open at 5pm
Fireworks at 9pm
Admission: $10
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Brentwood Country Club Fireworks

You don’t have to be a member to enjoy the fireworks. Just bring some chairs and a blanket to the surrounding streets and check them out. There are a few areas where the trees might block the view. If you live in Santa Monica it’s a good option, since they already had fireworks last weekend and don’t do them on the fourth, which is ridiculous. Enjoy!
590 S. Burlingame Ave., Los Angeles, 90049

Fireworks at 9pm
Admission: Free (on surrounding streets)

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at these Los Angeles Venues!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at these Los Angeles Venues!

From Venice to Weho to Noho, Studio City and Costa Mesa, AKFF has you covered for New Year’s Eve Celebrations! 

image001The Lincoln

The Lincoln is easily becoming the must go to venue in Venice, so why miss their New Year’s Eve celebration? Enjoy craft cocktails like The Mid-Autumn at 2:27 in Upstate New York! Plus, what is New Year’s without a champagne toast? The Lincoln will have complimentary champagne to toast to the new exciting year! The AKFF checked out The Lincoln and it was well alive on a week night! Specialty cocktails pack a punch! There will be a line so arrive early. Doors open at 7pm. Check it out and party all night with The Lincoln!
2536 Lincoln Bl, Venice, CA, 90291




p1290650The Darkroom

Hand thrown pizza, fried chicken sandwich, the cheesiest mac and cheese, and a delicious fried egg cheeseburger are foods you can look forward to when celebrating New Year’s Eve at The Darkroom! Open from 2pm-2am New Year’s Eve.
7302 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90036



The Powerhouse

Grab a beer or two at Hollywood’s oldest bar to celebrate the New Year. Enjoy the old school Hollywood ambience and champagne toast at midnight! Venue opens at 7pm New Year’s Eve.
1714 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90028




new_year_2017Tiki No

Celebrate the New Year the Hawaiian way! Tiki No’s New Year’s Eve event will supply guest with Hawaiian leis and fun party favors to get their guest into the spirit of welcoming a new year. Champagne toast will hit off at midnight. Doors open 7pm New Year’s Eve!
4657 Lankershim Bl, North Hollywood, CA, 91602






Firefly will make you feel right at home with their cozy patio with fireplaces, library lounge and four course meal for $95 for 5:30 seating and $125 for 9pm seating per person. AKFF visited Firefly and recommends it for couples and small groups for NYE. The food is superb, from the seared bluefin tuna appetizer to the delectable steelhead salmon and filet mignon that melts in your mouth! Reservations still available, call 818-762-1833 to reserve a spot. 
Check Out NYE Menu Here >
11720 Ventura Bl, Studio City, CA, 91604



Live music, rum tastings and cigar rolling are all happening before the New Year’s countdown. Guest will also be eating delicious entrees from Chef Miguel Quintero’s special New Year’s Eve menu!
Check Out Menu Here >
2930 Bristol St, Ste A110, Costa Mesa, CA, 92626






Spend New Year’s Eve at the most stylish event of the night! Mesa will present a theme inspired by Met Gala’s theme of honoring Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons. All night long enjoy craft cocktails and bites from 9- 10:30pm, party favors, a champagne toast and more!
Purchase Tickets Here >
725 Baker St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 


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Celebrate New Year’s Eve at these Los Angeles Venues!

New Years Eve Parties!

Celebrating New Years Eve at a fun and festive spot is key! These are the AKFF NYE Party picks for the Santa Monica, Venice and West LA areas on Thursday, December 31, 2015!

New Years Eve-Santa-Monica-41ocean 41 Ocean: Ocean Sixteen
Guests can bring out their inner Rat Pack and ring in the New Year, Vegas Style.

This all inclusive ticket includes open premium bar, music by DJ Myster-E, live entertainment, party favors, countdown, champagne toast, photo booth, complementary appetizers from 8-10 p.m. & more. Starts at 8pm.

General admission tickets are $50 in advance & $75 Regular Price for Members, and $75 in advance & 120 Regular Price for Non-Members. Includes: Open Premium Bar, party favors, champagne toast.
Get NYE Party Tickets >

41 Ocean: 1541 Ocean Ave. Ste 150 Santa Monica, CA 90401

New-Years-Eve-TacoTeca-Santa-MonicaTacoTeca: Turn Back Time
Get ready to party with Open Format DJs with Top 40s, Throwbacks, and Light House! Featuring DJ Casey Beats, from Drai’s Las Vegas! Promo Code from AKFF!

Starts at 8pm until 2am.
 Admission, Passed Hors D’oevre’s, Party Favors, and Champagne Toast. $15
Open Bar: 
Admission, Passed Hors D’oevre’s, OPEN BAR (Bottomless Well Cocktails, Select Beer and Wines), Party Favors, and Champagne Toast. $45
Premium Open Bar: 
Admission, PREMIUM OPEN BAR (Bottomless Call/Premium Cocktails, Beer, and Wine), Passed Hors D’oevre’s, Party Favors, and Champagne Toast. $60
VIP Private Booth with Bottle Service: 
Admission, PRIVATE BOOTH with 2 Premium Bottles of Liquor, Mixers, 2 Bottles Champagne, Premium Open Bar, Passed Hors D’oevre’s, Party Favors, and Champagne Toast. $100

PROMO CODE: FriendsofTT  Get $5 OFF Each Ticket  GET NYE Party Tickets >

TacoTeca: 2460 Wilshire Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90403

New Years Eve-Santa-Monica-WokanoWokcano: Sweet ’16 Black & White Ball
Ring in the New Year at one of the Westside’s largest NYE Ball at Wokcano in Santa Monica.

Wokcano’s Black & White New Years Eve Ball will include music by DJ Frankie, dancing, cocktails, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, photo booth, party favors and more.

General admission tickets are $40.00 in advance, $50.00 day of. VIP Tickets are $60 adv /$70 day of. Dinner/Bottle/Table packages are available by calling 310-458-3080.
Get NYE Party Tickets >

Wokcano: 1413 5th St. Santa Monica, CA 90401

PS – We will have the scoop on First Fridays soon!